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Columbus in Hickman County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Trenches

 
 
Confederate Trenches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Confederate Trenches Marker
Inscription. The main objective of the Confederate Army in fortifying Columbus was to block Union movements on the Mississippi River. In so doing they also had to protect their position from inland attack. The trenches through which this trail leads are part of an elaborate system of earthworks dug by Confederate soldiers. These trenches were heavily fortified with cannon and rifle batteries.
 
Location. 36° 45.994′ N, 89° 6.645′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Kentucky, in Hickman County. Click for map. Located in Columbus-Belmont State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus KY 42032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polk's Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); In Search Of .... (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchor and Chain (within shouting distance of this marker); "Gibraltar of the West" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of Columbus, Kentucky (about 300 feet away); The Mississippi River in the Civil War (about 300 feet away); The Battle at Belmont, Missouri (about 300 feet away); Fourth United States Colored Heavy Artillery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Trenches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Confederate Trenches Marker
Section of the Landward Side of the Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Section of the Landward Side of the Fortifications
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Confederate Trenches
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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